Bronx River Parkway Reservation

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Park Overview:

One of the first linear parks in the country and Westchester County's oldest, the reservation was created as an adjunct to the Bronx River Parkway. It extends 11.6 miles from Bronxville to the Kensico Dam in Valhalla.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, X-C skiing, Handicapped
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:11.6 miles
Park Acreage:807 acres
City/County/
State:
Bronxville to
Valhalla/Westchester/NY
Web Map:Bronx River Pathway
Buy Book:Walkable Westchester - A Walking Guide to Westchester County, NY

Park Description:

This picturesque and historic reservation, which runs through the heart of southern Westchester County, features ponds, wooden footbridges and hundreds of varieties of native trees and shrubs. It is a favorite place for bicycling, walking, running and nature study.

When completed in 1925, the Bronx River Parkway was part of a wooded reservation, with a pathway running along the parkway for its entire length. In 1967, a two-mile section from Hartsdale to Scarsdale was eliminated as part of a project to improve the vehicular parkway, but the remainder of the 12-mile reservation stretching from Valhalla to Bronxville is still intact.  Except for a 1.1-mile section north of Hartsdale, the pathway is paved for its entire length. Although it parallels the parkway, it is often located some distance from the roadway, and it closely tracks the river for much of the way.

Trails Overview:

Click on the Web Map "Bronx River Parkway" link near the top of this page to examine the reservation's three paved sections which include: the Oak Street Loop (1 mile) separating Yonkers and Mount Vernon; the Bronxville to Scarsdale section (4.6 miles); and the Hartsdale to Kensico Dam Plaza section (5 miles) in Valhalla.

Click for a detailed description of a hike in the reservation.

Directions:

The southern and northern bookends along the Bronx River Parkway Reservation are identified in the Location Tab – from Parker Avenue in Bronxville to Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. In between are numerous parking areas and Metro-North Railroad stations which are located on the Web Map linked above.  

How to reach Kensico Dam Plaza by automobile: Drive north on the Bronx River Parkway. Continue past Exit 27 (the last numbered exit) to a traffic circle, and take the second exit to Park Drive E leading into Kensico Dam Plaza County Park where free parking is available.  (Beyond the traffic circle the roadway becomes the Taconic State Parkway.)  GPS coordinates: 41.072014,-73.768624

Contact Information:Westchester Department of Parks
9147234058
Friends Group:Friends of Westchester Parks
Region:Westchester County
Fees:None